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JULY 5 - 8, 2017

Surround yourself with people who get it, learn from experts, and form lifelong bonds. This year’s event will be held at the spectacular Hilton Orlando resort, with two temperature-controlled pools, lazy river, whirlpool, a winding water slide, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, an inexpensive trolley ride away from International Drive‘s shopping, attractions, and dining experiences, including SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort, and a 7-mile shuttle ride away from DisneyWorldEpcot, and other area attractions! For more information, including registration, see the General Information tab below.

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Friday, July 7 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Using Visual Schedules To Promote Independence And Success

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Most of us do not follow a visual schedule for our time at home. However, individuals with special needs often have greater difficulties coping with unstructured time than neurotypical people and benefit from increased structure in their lives. The advantages to using a visual schedule with individuals with special needs include:

  • It utilizes the individual’s visual strengths and therefore provides a receptive communication system to increase understanding;
  • It helps the individual to learn new things and broaden their interests;
  • It provides tools that allow the individual to use skills in a variety of settings;
  • It can increase the individual’s flexibility;
  • It helps the individual remain calm and reduces inappropriate behaviors; and
  • It helps the individual to develop independence and resulting self-esteem.
This session will introduce parents and caregivers to the concept of using visual schedules at home and at school

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Joanna Couch, M. Ed.

Coordinator, Center for Autism and Related Disabilities - University of Central Florida
Joanna joined UCF-CARD in October 2015. She received her undergraduate degree in Special Education: Varying Exceptionalities and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of South Florida. Joanna currently holds a Florida Professional Teaching Certification for Elementary Education K-6, Middle Grades 5-9, Exceptional Student Education K-12, and Educational Leadership, as well as endorsements in Autism Spectrum Disorders and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Joanna was an ESE teacher for six years. During this time, she taught students with autism in ASD classroom settings. She later served as a language arts and social studies VE teacher for students in... Read More →

Friday July 7, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
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